Saturday, October 4, 2008

Table for One

Ever since I wrote my bit on my other piece of art, I've been meaning to write about this one. And I guess I'm now finally getting around to it.

VoilĂ ! "Table for One" by David Fink.

I met David soon after I first moved to San Francisco, which seems like thousands of years ago, and also like yesterday.

I loved his art right away. And when he had a show, I fell in love with this one when I first saw it. JP was with me and she loved it too and helped me decide to buy it. My first art!

A lot has to do with the colors. I'm a big fan of warm browns and oranges and southwestern desert colors.
Cooper's Rothko
Untitled (Green, Brown, Orange)
By Dyna Mo
Also when I saw it, I immediately thought of a Rothko painting.

No not the one Mr Cooper had in his office on Mad Men (fabulous show), but another one. Same style, but different colors. Similar to the way David's painting has three big blocks of color.

It wasn't until several years later that I learned there was a companion piece. David and I had gone sky diving with two other guys -- no, I'm not lying -- and afterwards we went by one of their houses. There on the wall was "Table for Two".

Some would say that the table for one is depressing and the table for two is happier. (It is brighter blue in real life, if I remember right.) But I've never found mine depressing. I see it mostly as some blocks of nice colors. Besides, I remember that table. And at the time, David was making some really depressing paintings of scary angels.

Be sure to check out David's paintings of hydrants. Maybe an odd subject, but they are great!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to David's page.. i'll have to go check it out.
I just started watching Mad Men 2 days ago and am enjoying it. How long do i have to wait for the Rothko to show up? And were men *really* that misogynistic in 1959?

Ed said...

How long do i have to wait for the Rothko to show up?

Do you really want me to tell you?

But don't neglect to click through to that picture on Flickr. There are several other interesting things in the office that aren't noticeable in the scaled-down image on my blog.

And were men *really* that misogynistic in 1959?

This is not a general portrait of the early 60's, but a portrait of life at that time in top advertising agencies. I'll bet that lots of it is accurate. The most interesting things about the show are the look, and the bits of illumination of the culture and social norms of the time.

And you should also be watching Pushing Daisies.

Anonymous said...

OMG! "Dream of a Fisherman's Wife"! Dan uses that print in his class. Or maybe he's always threatening to? I'm not sure which.